Property of the Week: An Energy-Efficient Home With a Living Wall in Elboya Heights

A living wall, efficient home additions and an accessible layout make this house a luxurious yet homey space for any family.

Photograph courtesy of Sona Visual.

Where it is

507 Riverdale Ave. S.W.


The design

Low maintenance, high efficiency and luxurious design elements are all woven throughout this home. Double-wide and offset walls offer extra insulation paired with moisture-resistant “blue wood” and noise-dampening insulation.

Inside, a multi-story living wall brings a striking natural element to the home, while also helping oxygenate and purify the air. The expansive windows throughout the home are all triple pane, so while they allow plenty of warm natural lighting in, no heat or cold can escape the home. Solar hot water and solar panels further help lower the cost of gas and electricity bills.

The home is also designed throughout to be fully wheelchair accessible, and has an elevator that connects to all the floors.


What to love

This home is a dream place for homeowners who enjoy low maintenance, eco-friendly living with luxurious appeal. The open living area boasts a clean-burning fireplace and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall which fully opens to the sunny, south-facing deck. The kitchen is a dream for chefs and entertainers with its stone pizza oven, high-end appliances, hydroponic herb fridge, butler pantry and even a second outdoor kitchen.

The home’s third floor is the primary retreat with an indulgent meditation nook overlooking the river, a spacious closet and a striking ensuite with floor-to-ceiling granite tile and a deep soaker tub. The home office features accordion glass doors opening to a private balcony with sweeping views.


What to consider

Between the sweeping river and valley views, access to top inner-city schools steps away from the river pathways, parks and more, this home is in an ideal location for a wide range of homeowners. With its focus on energy efficiency, it brings lower monthly utility bills with the benefit of helping protect the environment on a daily basis.


The stats

4,589 square feet
Five bedrooms
Five bathrooms
Multi-story living wall
Full home elevator access
Oversized triple garage with a green roof


Listed for $3,595,000 with Dennis J. Plintz at Plintz Real Estate.


Inside the Home

Photograph by Justin Mah.

The blend of wood, stone, open windows and a spacious lot brings a homey, natural and appealing look and feel to this home.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visual.

The living wall extends to all floors in the home, offering fresh greenery, clean air and natural appeal throughout the space.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visual.

The spacious and luxurious kitchen is outfitted with high-end appliances, granite countertops, plenty of storage and even an appealing breakfast nook.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visual.

The dining room area offers plenty of room to expand the seating for entertaining or keep it as is for more intimate family dinners.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visual.

The elevator, which provides access to all floors in the home, and the wide hallways make this home accessible for wheelchair users.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visual.

The third floor is home to the primary bedroom and ensuite, and the ample space is reflected in each of the other bedrooms as well.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visual.

This home gym is a convenient way to fit in a morning or evening workout from home without any commute.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visual.

Stay in and enjoy a home theatre experience with friends and family.


Photograph courtesy of Sona Visual.

The outdoor kitchen adds a secondary cooking space, as well as outdoor living with a spacious deck and yard that are ideal for warm summer months.


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